I've read a lot of slander over the years regarding the bramble patch nestled under Andrew Luck's chin, but I never thought his family would join the chorus.
USA Today's Lindsay Jones brings news of the admission, which occurred on a conference call Wednesday. Someone asked Luck about his signature neck foliage, at which point he called the beard a "bad look" and a hot-button issue among those he holds dearest.
Can Luck live? Can he get his neck beard on properly?
He says he's not going for a specific style, but "sopping cave-monk" is his look to keep. Luck owns that property. He rolled the dice, landed on Neck Beard Avenue and built a hotel on it. If a raccoon slides under a sleeping man's chin in Arkansas, he wakes up and mails a check to Luck. Royalties, son.
As for the future of the beard, Luck told Jones that he'd prefer not to risk razor burn at the moment.
"To be honest, I don't like shaving during the season. Razor burn," Luck said. "If you grow it this long, you might as well keep it."
Abstaining from the blade is a veteran move by Luck, who needs to maintain a level of continuity at this pivotal juncture. Climbing the Everest that is the NFL playoffs is hard, but it's even more difficult when you're bleeding and chafing at the gizzard.
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